Rent Assistance for Landlords

If you are a landlord in North Carolina whose tenant(s) has fallen behind on rent due to COVID-19, there may be financial assistance available. 

How can I find assistance with past due rent payments? 

All 100 counties in North Carolina have Emergency Rental Assistance Programs (ERAP) for those who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Some of these programs will require the tenant to apply, but some will allow the landlord to apply on behalf of the tenant. Please note: as of December 17th, the HOPE Program and some of the other local programs and are no longer accepting applications. 

To find rental assistance programs in your county, visit and answer the screening questions. If the program(s) in your county does not allow the landlord to apply, pass the information along to your tenant(s). 

How can I best help my tenant catch up on missed rent payments?

The best way to help your tenant and ensure that you receive past-due rent payments is to pass along information about available programs in your county and complete all the necessary paperwork in a timely manner. 

To receive funding from Emergency Rental Assistance Programs, you will be required to sign a landlord-tenant agreement, promising you will not evict the tenant for a set amount of time. 

Who is eligible for the rental assistance programs? 

While eligibility does vary slightly by county, generally renters who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and meet income limits are eligible to apply for payment assistance. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Lost job or reduced hours
  • Increased childcare expenses
  • Medical expenses due to COVID-19

How many months of rent payments will the rental assistance programs provide?

This will vary by county, but generally ranges between 6-12 months maximum. 

My tenant already received assistance from the NC HOPE Program. Can they apply for an Emergency Rental Assistance Program again? 

Yes. If you received past due rent payments from the NC HOPE Program, your tenant can apply for an Emergency Rental Assistance Program again, assuming they meet all eligibility requirements. Please note: as of December 17th, the NC HOPE Program is no longer accepting applications. 

CLICK HERE for more Frequently Asked Questions about the HOPE Program. 

What should I know about eviction laws during COVID-19? 

The Supreme Court has voted to allow evictions to continue across the country. They blocked the CDC’s eviction moratorium, stating that the CDC does not have the legal authority to impose a ban on evictions.

CLICK HERE for more information about the eviction process in North Carolina.

Need more information? 

Dial 2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162 to speak with a trained call specialist, available 24/7/365. 

SOURCES: NC HOPE Program, Governor Roy Cooper, CDC

Lasted updated 12/17/2021

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